McMillan Calls Trail Blazers’ Pride Into Question After Home Loss To Wiz
There’s no denying it was a rough night in the Rose Garden. The Trail Blazers fell to the Washington Wizards 124-109 and did it in an ugly fashion.
With Portland in the midst of a difficult patch the whooping they took from the second-worst team in the league was no help at all. Lately, there’s been something missing. That something has led to a slump. And that’s not fun for anyone.
We’ve talked about shooting. We’ve harped on defense. And we’ve debated chemistry. Tonight, Head Coach Nate McMillan brought a new beast into play, pride.
Pride is defined as the high or inordinate opinion of one's own dignity, importance, merit, or superiority, whether as cherished in the mind or as displayed in bearing, conduct, etc. In my opinion, that translates to the basketball court in the form of believing in your talents and capabilities and performing to a level that shows them.
“For us, pride has to show up on our faces, our body, our body language, our effort and in what we do,” McMillan said. “That wasn’t out there tonight.”
McMillan has his opinions and he’s not alone. Nicolas Batum and Marcus Camby both agree with the sentiment that pride is missing when Portland takes the floor.
What I want to know is this: What is pride to you and how does that translate onto the court? If it’s missing, how do you get it back?
I’m anxious to hear your opinions.